No more waiting in line for the “unsettling” budget flagship, and no more open sales just one day a week.
The April Fools’ drones are all gone, that utopian gaming console was probably a hoax, and the OnePlus 2 smartphone is essentially confirmed but likely not ready for primetime yet. Nor is a OnePlus One Lite or Mini, despite rampant speculation of late.
Or maybe the fast rising Chinese startup aims to feed us good news piece by piece, sitting on a fresh handheld for only a couple more days. First, the OnePlus One becomes available for the masses. Every day of the week beginning now, the just-updated Lollipop device shall basically leave warehouses as soon as you order it online.
On a global scale, sales are accessible for all, as long as you don’t mind the recent European price inflation. Stateside, you’ll still pay $299 and $349 for 16 GB silk white and 64 GB sandstone black models, which I think everybody can agree are fairly reasonable demands.
Yes, this Thursday, April 23, the OnePlus One turns one year old counting from the formal announcement date, with the first invitations and deliveries sent around June of last year. But the 5.5 incher doesn’t look its age, thanks to a matte plastic build, Full HD screen, quad-core 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3 GB RAM, 13 and 5 MP cameras, and 3,100 mAh battery.
Bottom line, the bang for buck factor remains a knockout, at least until the sequel opens its doors to… invites. Alas, the OnePlus 2 “will initially launch with invites”, according to the same official blog post that brought the happy news of the controversial system’s termination for the original.
“The OnePlus 2 will bring the challenges that come along with a brand new product, and initially, our invite system will help us to manage that risk.” Translation – although they reached 1 million unit shipments with their rookie mobile effort, Pete Lau & co. don’t feel self-assured enough to green-light a process of mass manufacturing without a safety net.
Source: OnePlus Blog